NRB Down Scales Operations

National Registration Bureau (NRB) has said it is only using two of its 10 printers to produce National Identity cards (IDs) for the whole country because of electricity connectivity hitches at their office in Lilongwe. Since they stopped printing IDs abroad, NRB procured 10 printers to conduct this purpose locally. NRB Spokesperson Norman Fulatira told Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Blantyre on Friday that it is presently not possible to run all the printers considering the electricity connectivity to…

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MEC Impressed With Voter Registration Exercise

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has expressed satisfaction with the progress the voter registration exercise is making in Chikwawa. Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Tuesday at the end of her tour to some registration centres in the district, MEC’s Chairperson, Dr. Jane Ansah said it was pleasing to note that most centres visited at day five had already reached 50 per cent mark and others above the projected figures. “We believe that we should be able to reach…

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Road to 2019: MEC to Open More Polling Centres

Elections Clerk for Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in Mchinji, Blackson Banda, says the commission will open 15 additional polling centres in the district in readiness for 2019 tripartite elections. Banda disclosed this on Friday during a National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) district advisory forum (DAF) meeting. He said previously, the district had 135 Polling and registration centres but the commission has added 15 more centres, bringing the total number of centres to 150. “The move is geared towards…

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Mutharika Challenges MEC to Be Prudent in Financial Management

Malawi President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has challenged the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to be prudent with the way it manages its finances in preparation for the 2019 tripartite elections. Mutharika was speaking on Tuesday at Sanjika Place in Blantyre during the demonstration of the electronic biometric voter registration system using the national identity cards by the commission. “This is the first time in history to fund our elections without any support from our development partners and I am…

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MEC Unveils 2019 Election Programme to District Supervisors

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Friday conducted a briefing workshop aimed at updating southern region District Election Supervisory Teams (DESTs) on the forthcoming May, 2019 tripartite election programme. The DESTs members comprised district commissioners, district education managers and Officers in-charge of Police. Speaking on the sidelines of a day long workshop at Hapuwani Village Lodge in Mulanje District, MEC Commissioner Jean Mathanga said DESTs are essential in elections as they oversee the election process at district level, hence the…

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Road to 2019: MEC to Save MK 1.8 Billion With National IDs

The country’s electoral body, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) says will use the national IDs during the voter registration for the 2019 elections. Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) Tuesday, MEC commissioner Jean Mathanga said the decision will help MEC and the country to save money and time during registration. “The machines that we are going to use are from National Registration Burial (NRB), this will help us save about MK1.8 billion that could have been used…

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MEC to Use National IDs for 2019 Tripartite Elections

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has called on all citizens to keep their National IDs safe or register with National Registration Bureau (NRB) as only those registered with NRB will be allowed to register to vote for the 2019 elections. MEC’s plea comes closer to voter registration excise which will run from 24th May to 31st August 2018. MEC’s Public Relations Officer, Sangwani Mwafulirwa revealed this Wednesday in an interview with Malawi News Agency. “The National Identity cards are…

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Biometric Registration to Ensure Clean Voters Roll- MEC

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson Justice Dr. Jane Ansah says electronic biometric registration is crucial in ensuring a clean voters roll for the 2019 tripartite elections. Dr. Ansah made the observation in Zomba on Friday during the demonstration of the electronic biometric voter registration for Judges of Supreme and High Court respectively. She said the biometric registration for the elections scheduled to be conducted in May next year should be to the country’s advantage because apart from providing a…

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Biometric Voter Registration to Eliminate Registration Problems

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said that the planned biometric voter registration in the 2019 tripartite elections will eradicate registration problems faced in the previous elections. MEC Chairperson Justice Dr. Jane Ansah made the remarks in Parliament Wednesday during MEC demonstration of registration using the national Identity cards in Parliament so that members of parliaments appreciate the process. She assured the system would among others prevent the challenges of multiple registrations, registering of foreigners and facilitate proper identification of…

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NRB Commences Continuous Registration of National IDs ; Foreigners to Pay MK 50,000

National Registration Bureau (NRB) in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security has announced commencement of continuous registration of National Identity Cards effective January 2018. In a press statement, NRB’S Public Relations Officer (PRO), Norman Fulatira has indicated that the bureau would continue to register Malawian citizens attaining the age of 16 and above and that registration in this continuous exercise would be done through the District Registration Office. The statement says that the registration exercise would be…

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